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Thursday, 13 May 1965

Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - It was my experience - and I assume it was also the experience of most other servicemen during the last war - that prior service was a factor which gave the member concerned an advantage of which the Army was not slow to avail itself. It does not confer on that former under officer any preference. The honorable senator would not expect that it would. But I think that, as a matter of course, the fact that a man had previous experience would weigh in the balance when questions of promotion were later being discussed in the service which he joined. For that reason, if for no other, this underlines the advantage of young lads at school joining their cadet units where the opportunity is available so to do.

I refer to the first part of the honorable senator's question. Clause 5 relating to proposed new section 27 (8.) reads-

If, upon or before the expiration of the period of his engagement to serve in the Regular Army Supplement . . .

That is, he has served his two years in the Regular Army Supplement -

.   . a national serviceman volunteers, and is acceptable for service--

That is, he has served in the Supplement and is eligible for discharge to the Reserve -

.   . after his discharge from that force in -

(a)   The Regular Army Emergency Reserve for a period of not less than four years; or

(b)   The Active Citizen Military Forces for a period of not less than three years- making a total of five years service -

.   . he is not liable to render further service under this Act . . .

In other words, his period of service after three years with his C.M.F. unit, after Ms discharge from the Supplement, would count as bis service in the Reserve to which he would be liable in normal circumstances.

Bill agreed to.

Bill reported without amendment; report adopted.

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